UPDATE: Pretty sweet deal for the Dodgers. According to ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark, Kuroda will receive an $8 million salary next season and a $4 million signing bonus that will be paid out in 2012 and 2013.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Kuroda also receives a full no-trade clause and can earn an additional $500,000 with incentives.
10:06 PM: Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that Kuroda will receive a one-year, $12 million contract.
9:48 PM: As expected, the deal is for one year, according to Dylan Hernandez.
9:30 PM: According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Hiroki Kuroda has re-signed with the Dodgers.
No word yet on the exact terms of the contract, but the two sides were reportedly close to a one-year, $12 million deal over the weekend.
Kuroda, who turns 36 in February, recently considered a return to Japan after completing his three-year, $35.3 million contract with the Dodgers, but he would have left a boatload of money on the table in the process. The right-hander posted a 3.39 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 158 /48 K/BB ratio over 31 starts this past season and was easily one of the best free agent starters available.
We wondered which direction the Dodgers would go in this winter, but after re-signing both Kuroda and Ted Lilly, the starting rotation is in place to be a real strength in 2011.
Dodgers’ left fielder Andrew Toles crushed his first spring training home run on Saturday afternoon. With the bases loaded and a two-run deficit hanging over their heads in the fourth inning, Toles stepped up to the plate against Oakland right-hander Jesse Hahn and unloaded a grand slam on the second pitch he saw.
Third baseman Justin Turner was quick to follow up with a solo jack of his own, bringing the score to a comfortable 7-4 lead by the end of the fourth. Another three-run outburst in the fifth and an eighth-inning RBI single by Austin Barnes raised the final score to 11-6… which, coincidentally, was the same score the Reds used to defeat the Athletics’ second split-squad lineup on Saturday (albeit with a few more RBI walks than grand slams).
Toles, 24, is approaching his sophomore season with the Dodgers in 2017. He slashed .314/.365/.505 with three home runs and an .870 OPS in his first major league season in 2016 and is expected to platoon with the right-handed Franklin Gutierrez in left field this year.
David Price showed “strength improvements” in his elbow on Saturday, but Red Sox’ manager John Farrell still doesn’t think the left-hander will be ready to throw by the start of the season — or for a few weeks afterward. According to ESPN’s Scott Lauber, the 31-year-old might not be ready to debut until May at the earliest.
Price hasn’t thrown off of a mound this spring after experiencing soreness in his left elbow on March 1. Surgery doesn’t appear to be necessary, but the Red Sox are playing it extra safe with their No. 3 starter in hopes that rest and rehabilitation will return him to full health sometime during the 2017 season. For now, Price has been restricted to short games of catch until he’s cleared to resume a more rigorous throwing program. Via MLB.com’s Ian Browne:
[There were] strength improvements to the point of putting the ball back in his hand a little more consistently,” said manager John Farrell. “Today’s the first step for that. A short game of catch. That’s what he’s going through. Not off a mound but just to get the arm moving with a ball in flight, and he will continue in this phase for a period of time. There’s no set distance and volume yet to the throws.
The lefty is coming off of a lackluster 2016 season, during which he delivered a 3.99 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 8.9 SO/9 over 230 innings for the Red Sox.